Kathy & Myles Conway
Together we had 5 cars and 16 people for this traditional first trip to this mecca of migrating waterfowl. We met two cars in Lanesboro, where the deep water, northern end of Cheshire Reservoir had few ducks. The shallower, south end had Osprey, Cormorant, 2 Great Blue Herons, Kingfisher, 4 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, and a Hooded Merganser. At the very south end we had Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Greater Yellowlegs. Pontoosuc was barren, with only a few Waxwings in the tree. The nearby cove did have 12 Common Mergansers. Onota causeway had 5 Black Scoters, but we skipped the center and south end. Nothing was on Cheshire Reservoir, but 12 Green-winged Teal were feeding in a small pond off Reservoir Road. Stockbridge Bowl had flock of geese close and one was small enough to be a Cackling Goose.